Issue: February 2002
Drawing from the Sea

From the famous cliffs of Dover to the Thames River and the picturesque southern coast of England, British Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner used water as the subject for many of his masterpieces. His exploration of the effects of light, atmosphere and color on the spray, storms and haze of the sea made a big impression on a famous school of painters to follow-the Impressionists.

     The first major exhibition of Turner’s works in more than two decades makes an exclusive appearance in Baltimore this month. “Reflections of Sea and Light,” a 40-year retrospective, will be on exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Feb. 17 through May 26. Baltimore is the only U.S. location where visitors can see these 100 Turner watercolors, paintings and prints from London’s Tate galleries.

     The museum is three miles north of the Inner Harbor on Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. Hours are11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). A free-admission evening is held the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Phone 410-396-7100.